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Adani inching closer to approval

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The Queensland Labor government appears caught between the rhetoric for coal mines and the recent win for the Liberal National coalition and the call to protect the existing jobs of 64,000 people who rely on the wonders of a healthy Great Barrier Reef.

In an announcement in Cairns, a hub for Great Barrier Reef tourism, the Queensland Premier revealed the state’s Coordinator General has set a new timetable to finalise two outstanding approvals for the coal mine by 13 June.

‘Our community depends on our beautiful natural environment to attract visitors from around the globe and the Adani mine and the Galilee basin coal is a risk to that,’ said David Cazzulino, Cairns-based Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) Great Barrier Reef Community Campaigner.

Jobs under threat from coal mines

‘Jobs in tourism, hospitality and retail all directly rely on people continuing to visit the wonder of our World Heritage Great Barrier Reef.

‘Pushing through the Adani coal mine risks opening up the Galilee region to even more coal mines at a time when scientists have warned us that the coal has to stay in the ground.

‘How can we expect the world to act to move away from fossil fuels if we in Queensland, as custodians of the world’s greatest Reef, can’t show them the way?’

Tanya Murphy, coordinator of Divers for Reef Conservation, said: ‘The Premier keeps talking about jobs – what about my job as a dive instructor? There are 64,000 people like us that rely on the Great Barrier Reef for our livelihoods. Adani’s coal mine and the rest of the Galilee Basin’s coal threatens the future of our Reef.’

Cazzulino added: ‘Charging recklessly on with coal mines is not the way to keep global warming below 1.5C – a temperature that scientists have concluded will at least give coral reefs around the world a fighting chance.

‘The corals don’t really care about the politics or the process of this. What they are reacting to, though, is the temperature of the ocean that’s being pushed to critical levels by the burning of coal and other fossil fuels. Our government science agencies are clear on this – climate change is the biggest threat facing our Reef.

‘We are the custodian of the world’s biggest coral reef ecosystem – people have come to Queensland from around the globe, in their millions, to see it. About 64,000 people have a job because of it.’

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  1. Absolutely devastating. This world will be destroyed by the far right. Government should be investing in renewables and doing all they can to improve the environment. I really admire the school children who marched today and wish their time to govern had come Maggie

  2. There has got to be a way of turning Adani around
    although the Qld Premier won’t attempt to do it. It’s
    strange. Maybe Qld should be 2 states [not one] ?
    Townsville could ‘look after the north’ but it’s still too
    sticky an option. Nah! Just the Adani part of the Qld
    deal may succeed [ie., break away]. Anyway what I
    expect [read want] from the Qld Premier seeing as
    how I am an Aussie citizen is not succeeding rights
    but an official insurance cover by the Premier that
    the state will pay for any damage to the Barrier Reef
    & the whole of Queensland’s coastline. The safety
    of Qld needs to be in Government hands because
    Adani’s ‘Track Record’ is no where good enough.
    Also, in the light of thousands of other workers in
    Qld probably losing jobs due to Adani accidents,
    a clause should be written in to protect those
    Queenslanders working in tourism, hospitality &
    the rest. In other words – the places travellers
    frequent & love Australia for. The Qld Premier will
    need to discuss a co-insurance with the Federal
    Government. Coal! Who wants it? All the players,
    those of international long-standing have decided
    on alternatives to coal – as announced today – &
    that is a pleasing revelation. But it won’t help the
    Southern Qld workers or Tourism – will it.


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